How I Made Mindful Mornings Virtual

Last year, I started a Mindful Mornings program before school (read more about that here). All students were invited to join, and it wasn’t required for anyone. We got together for the 10 minutes before school started and did mindfulness activities to start our day in a peaceful way. Students from all grade levels (K-6) joined, and it was really cool to see how they all did the activities and helped one another. When we transitioned to distance learning, I wanted to keep the peaceful momentum going so I was looking for ways to make the program virtual. Keep reading to find mindfulness activities for distance learning, whether you’re doing your activities synchronously or not!

Looking for some distance learning mindfulness activities for your mindful mornings program? Check out how I turned my mindful mornings virtual!

Mindfulness Activities for Distance Learning

Why: Benefits

There are a whole host of benefits of mindfulness for kids! From improvements to emotion regulation to better decision making, kids can get a lot out of this practice. For my program, I was really hoping to offer kids a space to get focused before they started their day on virtual learning platforms!

Where: Google Classroom

I decided that a synchronous program just wasn’t feasible for me at the beginning of the year. With my own childcare needs, and various start times for different grade levels’ synchronous Zoom classes, I couldn’t commit to being live at 7:45 am each morning for the activities, so I decided to use Google Classroom to push out the activities.

Who: Any Students Who Want to Join

I set up a Mindful Mornings Google Classroom and shared the link to join with all of my students via their grade level Google Classrooms. Those who wanted to participate could simply click the link to join in. I shared the link on the school Facebook page and gave it to teachers to share in their family newsletters so the word could get out!

How: Daily Posts

In the Google Classroom, I posted one activity each day. To make things easy for myself, I scheduled a week’s worth of activities to be posted all at once. The activities were visible to students at 7:45 am each morning, but they could access all of the past posted activities at any time.

What: Mindfulness Activities for Distance Learning

Now for the best part: the mindfulness activities! I posted a big variety of activities so students could really find what they liked and what worked well to help them center and feel calm and ready to learn.

Breathing Exercises

I posted a few breathing exercises for students to try out to start. These were easy ways for them to get reacquainted with mindfulness and easy to practice in the mornings. I recorded a few of my own videos and shared some cool ones that I found online (I love these inhale/exhale gifs).

Looking for some distance learning mindfulness activities for your mindful mornings program? Check out how I turned my mindful mornings virtual!

Guided Meditation and Visualization

My younger students are familiar with these animal-themed mindfulness activities, so I recorded myself reading them. Kids love to do activities more than once and feel successful with them, so I added these familiar guided meditations in the Google Classroom for them. I also recorded these monster-themed activities that are really fun for the younger students! For older students, I recorded some of these guided meditations that they could do on their own at home. I also shared some activities from fun sources on YouTube like Cosmic Kids and MyLife.

Looking for some distance learning mindfulness activities for your mindful mornings program? Check out how I turned my mindful mornings virtual!

Yoga

A couple of years ago, I got to attend an in-person YogaEd training on using mindfulness and yoga in the classroom. It was a great experience, and I use their materials constantly! They have a program that focuses on chair yoga and mindful practices for students, and I thought this would be really helpful for both our current situation in distance learning and our eventual return to a socially-distanced classroom. I completed the course and found it to be really helpful, and I got a lot of ideas for using this with my students!

To start, I shared some videos from their YouTube channel so my students could try the chair yoga activities in their own space. As I got more comfortable, I recorded a few videos of myself leading chair yoga and mindfulness activities for them and shared those in the Google Classroom as well. I’m hoping to get more of these recorded before we go back to school so that I can create a library of chair yoga activities that teachers can use when they need them in their classrooms! See more about YogaEd’s training programs here. I really think you’ll love them!

Looking for some distance learning mindfulness activities for your mindful mornings program? Check out how I turned my mindful mornings virtual!

Mindfulness Books

Lastly, I recorded myself reading my favorite mindfulness books! Many have activities with the story or lend themselves to an easy activity afterward. Some of the books have several activities within them so I can use one book for activities all week long! Zen Hen has 5 activities to practice and made a week of mindful mornings for my students.

Find More Great Mindfulness Books Here

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Looking for mindfulness activities for distance learning? Your students will love these virtual learning mindfulness activities for mindful mornings, mindfulness lessons, or counseling mindfulness activities to promote self regulation and emotion regulation in the classroom. -Counselor Keri

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